old school steve
Running was certainly a lot less structured in those days, wasn't it, Orville. Wow, 1962 was about the time I discovered distance running as a HS sophomore. I finally found something I was good at! I used to love watching Jim Beatty race indoors on the old B/W TV on "Wide World of Sports". My friends thought that I was nuts to follow such a strange sport. Or I would go down to the dusty, old U of Minnesota fieldhouse and watch the U of M distance guys run those phenomenal mile/ 2 mile doubles in 4:12/ 9:10. I couldn't imagine how anyone could run that fast!! I remember running 8 miles out and back to the nearest town, and people flat out didn't believe me ( or probably wondered WHY!). I remember helping organize a marathon in the Twin Cities in the early 1970s, and we all agreed to cut off timing and results at 4 hours. The reasoning: hey, if someone can't break four hours, he shouldn't be out there. That wouldnt fly today, as I think the average time is about 4:20....and getting slower. There definitely were not the large numbers running "back in the day", but the quality was better. They were great times back then. It is nice to see so many people embrace the sport now, even though it is so watered down. I wish I could run more now and enjoy the sport as much as I used to. Running my 3-4 miles and coaching HS track and cross is my link to the past I guess!